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Alison Krauss - Biography and Profile of Alison Krauss - Bluegrass Artist Alison Krauss
A prodigious fiddle player and protege of Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe, Alison Krauss and her band Union Station are one of the hottest and most talented bluegrass music groups around.

Dar Williams - Biography and Profile of Dar Williams
Singer/Songwriter Dar Williams is the poet laureate of the Folk world

Indigo Girls - Biography and Profile of the Indigo Girls
For more than 20 years, the Indigo Girls have rocked the folk community with their highly topical tuns and insightful love songs. Learn more about this rather influential folk duo with this introductory bio and profile.

Joan Baez - Biography and Profile of Joan Baez
Inarguably the godmother of modern folk music, Joan Baaez is one of the most devoted singer/songwriter/activists.

Ben Harper - Biography and Profile of Ben Harper
Ben Harper is a consummate innovator and activist singer/songwriter.

Bluegrass Music - An Introduction to American Bluegrass Music - Bluegrass Music Overview
A beginners guide to all the ins and outs of American bluegrass music, its history and American bluegrass artists

Grateful Dead - Biography and Profile of the Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead were pioneers of the jam band scene, and have had a profound influence on how bluegrass, r&b, avant-garde jazz, folk, and rock music have interacted with one another ever since.

Vandaveer - Biography and Profile of Vandaveer
Vandaveer is basically a duo borne of the musical vision of Mark Charles Heidinger. Though their debut album released in 2007, it's taken some time for the word to spread. Their '09 release Divide and Conquer earned them considerable praise and attention, and the momentum is only likely to continue.

Alison Krauss - Discography of Albums by Alison Krauss and Union Station
Alison Krauss is one of the most productive members of the contemporary bluegrass and Americana scenes. Here's a discography of her albums to date, both solo and with Union Station.

Ani DiFranco - Self-Titled Debut CD
This first studio recording from Ani DiFranco includes classics like

Ani Difranco Albums - Discography of Albums by Ani Difranco
Ani DiFranco is one of the most influential folk singer-songwriters of her generation. From her biting political commentary to her famously energetic live performances, intimate love songs and provocative poetry, DiFranco's canon of work has spanned more than two decades and nearly two dozen albums. Here's a look at Ani DiFranco's albums, from her self-titled solo debut to full band albums and beyond.

Ani Difranco Albums - Discography of Albums by Ani Difranco
Ani DiFranco is one of the most influential folk singer-songwriters of her generation. From her biting political commentary to her famously energetic live performances, intimate love songs and provocative poetry, DiFranco's canon of work has spanned more than two decades and nearly two dozen albums. Here's a look at Ani DiFranco's albums, from her self-titled solo debut to full band albums and beyond.

Foghorn Stringband - Biography and Profile of Foghorn Stringband
Portland, Oregon's Foghorn Stringband is among the leaders of the new old time music revival.

Guy Clark - Biography and Profile of Guy Clark
Singer/songwriter Guy Clark is often applauded for his deeply lyrical narrative folk songs. Learn more about Guy Clark with this full bio and profile, including recommended CDs and MP3s.

Hazel Dickens - Biography and Profile of Hazel Dickens
Hazel Dickens has been a consummate force in the bluegrass, country and folk worlds, working and singing for feminist issues and the rights of the working class.

Bill Monroe - Biography and Profile of Bill Monroe
Learn more about the man credited with starting American bluegrass - mandolin master, extraordinaire Bill Monroe.

Doc Watson - Biography and Profile of Doc Watson
Doc Watson was one of the most influential guitar players of his lifetime - a musician who redefined the way his instrument was played. Learn more about Doc Watson with this introductory biography and profile.

Lucinda Williams - Biography and Profile of Lucinda Williams
It was 20 years before Lucinda Williams's career really took off, but since then, she's received three Grammy Awards and been named America's Best Songwriter by TIME Magazine.

Milk Carton Kids - Biography and Profile of the Milk Carton Kids
Milk Carton Kids - Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale - are one of 2011's most buzzed-about up-and-coming folk duos. Embodying the same simplicity of earlier folk duos like Simon & Garfunkel and the intuitive harmonies of the Indigo Girls, Milk Carton Kids are definitely a new folk artist to watch. Learn more about Ryan and Pattengale with this basic bio and profile...

Kris Kristofferson - Biography and Profile of Kris Kristofferson
Country singer, contemporary folk songwriter, actor extraordinare - Kris Kristofferson is a songwriters' songwriter.

Essential Books About Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is one of the most prolific and appreciated American folksingers and songwriters. He's also one of the most written-about artists in contemporary folk music. Here's a look at some of the best books about the life and work of Bob Dylan.

Phil Ochs - Phil Ochs is One of the Best Political or Protest Folksingers
A look at some of the best American protest singers throughout American history, including artists who sang for the Civil Rights, feminist, and peace movements, and those who have stood for the environment, LGBT rights, and other causes important to people everywhere.

Bob Dylan Book Review - A Simple Twist of Fate: Bob Dylan and the Making of Blood on the Tracks
Because so much lore and mythology has grown around Dylan's records, you could easily write an encyclopedic volume about each one. But if there's one album that not only deserves, but demands a book-length treatment, it's Blood on the Tracks. In their book, A Simple Twist of Fate: Bob Dylan and the Making of Blood on the Tracks, authors Andy Gill and Kevin Odegard flesh out the little-known stories and controversies behind the creation of Dylan's landmark masterwork. Read the review here!

Bob Dylan Children's Book - Bob Dylan and Jim Arnosky Children's Book
Bob Dylan's 1979 ska song

David Olney - CD Review of David Olney One Tough Town
Once again, Dave Olney delivers. One Tough Town is a beautiful disc, once you wade through the weeds, muck, and humidity. It's not an easy listen, but few things with as much integrity are simple. If it feels to abrasive at first, just listen again.

Bob Dylan Film I'm Not There - Review of Todd Haynes' Movie I'm Not There
Beware Mr. Jones... In his 2007 film, Todd Haynes takes a multi-layered, complex subject, boiling events between 1961-79 down to interpretations. Sometimes those interpretations are literal, at other times abstract, but they never stray far from the general consensus among biographers. With such an ambitious project, there's always the risk of alienating the audience. But bottom line: this is for advanced Dylan fans who come equipped with a healthy smidgeon of background knowledge.

Bouzouki - What is a Bouzouki - Definition and History of the Bouzouki
The bouzouki comes from the same family as mandolin and lute and is widely played in Greek folk music, although it's become increasingly popular in contemporary American folk and progressive bluegrass music. Learn more about the history of the bouzouki.

Mandolin - Definition and History of Mandolin
A mandolin is a small stringed instrument with eight strings in four pairs (two strings for each note) that are either plucked or strummed in a trill. It's a descendant from the lute, which has six pairs of strings (12 in total). Similarly to the lute, the body of the mandolin is oval or teardrop-shaped. Learn more about the mandolin.

Musical Jug - What is a Musical Jug - History of the Musical Jug
The musical jug is the cornerstone of the jug band lineup, but when did people start playing the jug? How is it played? And what's the story of the musical jug? Learn more with this brief history and definition of the musical jug.

Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival - An Overview of the Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival
Each February, Acoustic Sound puts on the Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in downtown Tacoma. Learn more about what to expect and when/where to go.

Amy Speace - Biography and Profile of Amy Speace
Amy Speace has been making music for quite a while, but has been winning over more and more audiences with the release of her last two albums. Learn more about this great up-and-coming songwriter with this profile of Amy Speace.

Todd Snider - Biography and Profile of Todd Snider
Todd Snider is frequently considered one of the finest singer-songwriters in contemporary folk music, tackling everything from topical political songs to tunes about intensely personal issues. Learn more about the music of Todd Snider with this biography and profile, including recommended CDs and MP3s.

Kate Walsh - Biography and Profile of Singer-Songwriter Kate Walsh
British singer-songwriter Kate Walsh is one of the most gifted up-and-coming songwriters of her generation. Learn more about this talented artist.

Twilight Hotel - Biography and Profile of Twilight Hotel
Twilight Hotel are one of Canada's finest up-and-coming singer-songwriter duos. Learn more about Twilight Hotel with this full biography and profile, including recommended CDs and MP3s.

Head and the Heart - Biography and Profile of the Head and the Heart
The Head and the Heart have had a meteoric couple of years, starting as a group of friends who met at open mic nights around Seattle, all the way to headlining slots around the country. Learn more about the Head and the Heart with this brief biography and profile.

Andrew Bird - All About Singer-Songwriter Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird started his career playing classic folk and Irish songs on violin, and has since grown into one of contemporary folk music's most reliable innovators. Learn more about Andrew Bird's music, including his biography, recommended CDs and MP3s.

The Carter Family - Biography and Profile of the Carter Family
The Carter Family was a country-folk band that eventually became one of the most influential groups in the history of folk, country, bluegrass, and southern gospel music.

Kimya Dawson - Biography and Profile of Kimya Dawson
Kimya Dawson's imagery-laden narrative songs are so original, it's hard to draw comparisons. Fans of Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, and Ani DiFranco will likely enjoy her work, even though it doesn't sound much like those artists.

Dubliners - Biography and Profile of Irish Folk Band the Dubliners
The Dubliners is an Irish folk group founded by singer and guitarist Ronnie Drew in 1962. Originally called the Ronnie Drew Group, they changed their name to the Dubliners, named for the novel by Irish author James Joyce.

Ben Kweller - Biography and Profile of Ben Kweller
Ben Kweller has been called one of the best new singer-songwriters on the contemporary folk and acoustic rock scene. Learn more about Ben Kweller, including recommended CDs and MP3s.

Ian and Sylvia - Biography and Profile of Ian and Sylvia
Ian & Sylvia were a popular folk and country duo from Canada who rose to popularity in the US during the mid-20th Century folk music revival. Learn more about Ian and Sylvia with this profile, including a biography and recommended CDs and MP3s.

James Vincent McMorrow - Biography and Profile of James Vincent McMorrow
James Vincent McMorrow is one of 2011's biggest buzz artists in the folk and acoustic music community. His debut album 'Early in the Morning' has been making waves on both sides of the pond, due to its whispering, quiet beauty and genuine, earnest heartbreak songs. Learn more about James Vincent McMorrow with this basic biography and profile, including recommended CDs and MP3s.

Gordon Lightfoot - Biography and Profile of Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot is one of Canada's greatest and most prolific singer/songwriters.

Tony Rice - All About Tony Rice - Tony Rice Biography
Tony Rice is one of the most well-respected artists in contemporary folk and bluegrass music, and one of the most innovative guitarists around. Learn more about Tony Rice's career and music.

Kaiser Cartel - Biography and Profile of Kaiser Cartel
Kaiser Cartel are one of the most creative singer-songwriter duos rising on the contemporary folk scene these days. Learn more about Kaiser Cartel's music with this introductory biography and profile, including recommended CDs and MP3s.

Bob Dylan News and Reviews - Bob Dylan Articles by Ben Corbett
Welcome to About.com contributing writer Ben Corbett's online Bob Dylan nerve center. Whether you're searching for Bob Dylan tour information or news, a critical review of his latest release, or you're simply curious about the history of his records, films or art exhibitions, everything you ever wanted to know about America's most prolific songwriter is a just click away.

Bob Dylan Photos - Photos of Bob Dylan Through the Years
Bob Dylan has had one of the most prolific careers in modern music. Here's a look at some photos of Bob Dylan through the years.

IBMA World of Bluegrass - Mr Big Productions - Photo of a Performance at the Mr Big Productions Booth at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference
Here are photos from the 2007 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and Awards Ceremony, featuring bands like Mountain Heart, Grass Cats, Meantime, Dale Ann Bradley, Tony Trischka, Rhonda Vincent and more.

Amos Lee - Quotes From Amos Lee About Folk Music
What is folk music? Why is it important? Does it still exist, or is it something that went away after Vietnam? What artists are inspired by folk music, and who feels compelled to carry on the folk traditions? Here's what some folk artists have told me in interviews as answers to all these questions.

Best Folk Music CDs - Best Folk Music CDs From 2006
2006 was absolutely wrought with incredible releases from tried-and-true folk artists, as well as some exciting up-and-comers. Here's a list at some of the best work to come out of the worlds of folk music, bluegrass and alt.country over the course of 2006.

Indigo Girls Photos - The Indigo Girls Live in Concert Photo Gallery
The Indigo Girls are one of the most uniquely influential groups in contemporary American folk music. Check out this photo gallery showing the Indigo Girls at what they do best - performing live in concert.

New England-Based Folk Duo Late Bloomers
New England-Based Folk Duo Late Bloomers blends traditional and contemporary American folk music with blues, ragtime, and Old Time Music for a sound that's both infectious and inimitable.

Seattle-Based Bluegrass Band Captain Gravel
Seattle-based bluegrass band Captain Gravel delivers the goods with classic old time and bluegrass tunes like no other band around.

New York City-Based Singer/Songwriter Clare Muldaur
New York City-Based Singer/Songwriter Clare Muldaur blends contemporary folk and jazz vocals, bringing her smooth, sultry original tunes to clubs and bars around the Northeast.

Seattle-Based Bluegrassers Creeping Time
Seattle-Based Bluegrassers Creeping Time blend folk, blues, roots rock, alt.country, jazz, and straight up old-school jamming.

New York City-Based Folk Band Crescent & Frost
New York City-Based Folk Band Crescent & Frost blends folk, country, bluegrass, and pop for a smooth, chill ambience of sound.

Datri Bean
Music for a lazy summer day. A quirky blend of 1930ís jazz, buttery vocals and just-sitting-on-the-porch songwriting. Drawing on ancient jazz (the really old stuff that makes you want to dance funny) and muddy boot folk-blues, Datri Beanís music is steeped in hot, muggy weather, sitting on the roof until dawn, God and corn whiskey.

Welsh Contemporary Singer/Songwriter Jack Harris
Based in Bulith Wells, Wales (UK), Jack Harris' music brings to mind great contemporary songwriters like Dave Carter and Richard Shindell.

New Jersey-based Folk Singer/Songwriter Spook Handy
New Jersey-Based Folk Singer/Songwriter Spook Handy is the 2000's answer to Pete Seeger. His candid, honest tunes are so good, you can't help but sing along.

San Francisco-Based Folk-Rocker Ted Ekman
San Francisco-Based Folk-Rocker Ted Ekman incites the spirits of anti-folk, blues, and folk-rock with his unforgettable original songs.

New York City-Based Contemporary Singer/Songwriter Clare Burson
NYC-based singer/songwriter Clare Burson just flat out has the prettiest voice I've heard in a while. And she writes darn good songs.

Best Folk Artists You've Never Heard Of
This list will introduce you to some of the best artists in Folk and Bluegrass that you've probably never heard of before, with links to MP3s and CDs for sale.